Health and Safety Georgia
Health and vaccines
No vaccine is required for travel to Georgia, but it is advisable to be up to date with DTP, MMR and hepatitis A and B vaccines. In the case of stays in the Lost Caucasus valleys, vaccines against typhoid fever and Tick-borne encephalitis are also recommended and rabies encephalitis may also be offered.
For more details, see the recommendations of the Institut Pasteur.
THEtap water is in principle drinkable in Georgia. However, you might as well ask your hosts for confirmation in villages and remote areas. In case of doubt, very good still or sparkling mineral waters are available everywhere.
In summer, mosquitoes can be bothersome. Provide a good repellent and check that the bedroom windows are fitted with mosquito nets.
Importation of drugs
Georgian regulations are very strict regarding entry with drugs. If you have any, be sure to review the following document carefully.
Thus importation is limited below) and these must theoretically be the subject of a customs declaration, accompanied by the original and a copy of a detailed order corresponding to the duration of the trip and specifying the international non-proprietary name ( molecule name).
Beware of special cases: substances such as benzodiazepines prescribed in Europe are prohibited from importation into Georgia by individuals. See the list of prohibited drugs. Their entry into the country is only tolerated under strict conditions, including the presentation of a complete file to customs.
Pharmacies and hospitals
When it comes to health, you won't find English speaking people everywhere, let alone French. Try to provide the necessary information (desired molecules, translations).
Pharmacies are numerous and well supplied. Some are open 24 hours a day.
Clinics and hospitals rarely meet European standards. In the event of illness or accident justifying it, it is advisable to be repatriated, and therefore to have insurance allowing it at a lower cost.
Importation of drugs
Certain substances contained in certain medouleurs Prescribed in Europe are prohibited for import into Georgia by individuals, such as benzondiazepines and opiates, including codeine. Entering the territory with drugs containing these substances is only tolerated under strict conditions: it is then necessary to present a complete customs file.
Apart from these meds, the import of drugs is limited to 10 boxes. Medicines should be customs declarations. The declaration must be accompanied by the original and a copy of detailed order corresponding to the duration of the trip. The prescription must specify the international non-proprietary name (name of the molecule).
Clinics and hospitals do not meet European standards. In the event of a serious accident, it will be better to have taken out repatriation insurance.
Pharmacies are on the other hand very numerous and well supplied. In Tbilisi, many of them remain open 24 hours a day.
Since the elimination of the Mafia by the police of Mikheil Saakashvili in the second half of the 2s, Georgia has been a remarkably safe country, which obviously does not exempt you from respecting the basic rules and common sense.
You have to make sure you find out beforehand. Also think about GPS so as not to take the wrong direction.
Regions formally discouraged
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly advises against going to the two Georgian separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and to the demarcation areas with these secessionist regions.
In addition, populated mostly by the Kistines (Chechens from Georgia), the pankissi valley, which stretches from northern Kakheti to Chechnya through the Alazani basin, is infamous for having generated a contingent of radicalized Islamist fighters. In the context of the current tensions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally advise against going there. For all that and except change, the situation on the ground is peaceful and local tourism is struggling to exist.
The rules of the road are seldom observed in Georgia. So be particularly vigilant on the road, driving (especially since it is a breeding country without fences) and on foot, hiking.
La Gévous has the basic rules: take shelter under a heavy object if you are inside, stay in an open place if you are outside.
Caution : the regulations provide for very harsh penalties against those who possess prohibited drugs.
Following the current trend, possession and consumption of cannabis for personal, including recreational, use is legal (as of July 30, 2018). Its cultivation and resale remains prohibited and condemned.
Traveling alone in Georgia poses no particular problem.
Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 2000, it is still frowned upon in mainstream Georgian society. As rare as they are discreet, gay friendly establishments are confined to Tbilisi.
The same goes for bisexual and transgender people.
La visit to churches and religious sites requires appropriate clothing, generally indicated by explicit pictograms located at the entrance. More or less demanding depending on the place, the rule and custom have as a common denominator to impose pants or long dress and arms covered for women, the wearing of a scarf on the head is welcome. Gentlemen, no short shorts or marcel and, for everyone, no flip-flops but at least sandals. Whatever his beliefs, it essentially depends on respect for local customs.